Thursday, July 24, 2014

Character Illustrations Part 1

A selection of 25+ year old RPG character drawings.

Welcome to my Retro series, where I share creations from yesteryear. Click on the Retro label to peruse all the past articles.

Here are some of my fantasy character illustrations created in the mid to late 80s.  They were all drawn with technical pens, markers, and colored pencils. I used The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe as reference.

These images are also on my Deviant Art account.

Hope you enjoy!

Elfin John
Elf - Fighter/Magic-User/Thief
Human - Warrior

Human - Fighter

Human - Ranger

Human - Magic-User

Halfling - Rogue

Human - Thief (Posing as Magic-User)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Talisman Island Blog Mention

Just a short announcement today. I was mentioned in a recent blog post over at Talisman Island!

About a month ago, in this post, I shared the first batch of the images I sent to Talisman Island of a selection of my painted Talisman figures.

Keep an eye out for the second group of images (sneak peek below). Recently, as mentioned in this article, Talisman, Citadel Miniatures and Blogging, they will be posted in the near future! Suh-weet!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Deathwatch Miniatures Gallery

My friend and game master of our Dark Heresy and Deathwatch campaigns, Adeptus-B took pictures of some of our terrain and figures yesterday. Most of the models are his creations, but a few of my figures and terrain pieces make an appearance.

Here is his post:

I have a new-ish camera that I've been meaning to play with, so I decided to take some pictures of my Deathwatch Kill-Team (codename: Blackthorn!). The camera has no manual focus, only auto-focus, so I wasn't able to get any clear pics of individual figures (-since the camera, in its wisdom, usually chooses to focus on some random background element rather than what I'm trying to photograph). So, this batch of pics will be group shots demonstrating a variety of my terrain collection.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Talisman 2ed Figure Collection (part 5)

More Talisman Figures...

While preparing this series of posts, I have come to realize that what I have been calling my "first paining" is actually the second. The actual first painting was somewhat of an experiment for me at the time that turned out horrible (and long forgotten).

In the mid 80s, two major art stores in my town went out of business relatively close together. I was able to score about 10 Windsor Newton inks and about 30 Badger Airbrush Inks somewhere in the range of 70-80% off. I was in an inking frenzy!

This long forgotten "first painting" was grey primer with a heavy coating of colored ink over the top. Unfortunately, some of the inks (I think the Badger) were still water soluble when dry. So when applying ink next to ink, the first color would bleed into the second.

Overall, I really liked the look--It was a smooth gradation from a dark shadow to a light highlight. But with the colors bleeding into each other and grey primer muting all the colors, I chose to scrap the project (and never use the Badger or Windsor Newton inks again). As simple light scrubbing in water removed all the ink and I started over, ending up with what  have been calling my first painting all along.

I will continue to forget the original "first painting" described above and refer to the second painting as the first. Which actually makes since, since I was able to go back to primer. As I indicated before, what is significant about the different generations of painting is that I didn't clean the figures, I simply painted the new paint on top of the old.

The Inquisitor, Chaos Warrior, and Necromancer

Sorry for the overexposed pics. The Inquisitor is a first painting, and the other two are third paintings. The only conversion is swapping out the Chaos Warrior's shield to a newer-style textured shield.

The Troll, Orc, and Hobgoblin

Here we have an example of all three generations of painting in order from left to right. This comparison nicely illustrates how my painting style has changes over the years.

I should have got a better angle on the Orc's shield. But I didn't paint it, it is a WHFB decal.

The Questing Knight, Minotaur, and Centaur

Finally we have the first example of alternate figs. Talisman City and Talisman Dragons never had official figures. All three of the above figures are second generations painting. However, the two unofficial minis, the Questing Knight and the Minotaur, were painted at the time when I was painting my Talisman third paintings.

The Questing knight was a gift from my best friend when we were in grade school (early 80s). This knight has seen many hours of RPG time. But he is poorly out of scale with today's Heroic scale minis--I did consider calling him a Halfling Paladin at one time!! But he fits nicely with the older Talisman scale.

The same can be said for the Minotaur. He was an older figure and while bigger than human sized minis, he looked like a pygmy next to his brethren. Compared to the "big" Talisman monster figures he is of similar stature. The Minotaur has the only conversion between this trio. I cut off the top half of his weapon (a club, I think) and added 2 back to back Ork Choppas, creating a crude double headed axe.

That's all for this installment. Until next time.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dublin Pub

Here is the poster for my band's next gig.

This was one of the most challenging posters to date! I knew I wanted a stylized "K", but had no idea what to do with the poster.

There is quite a bit of symbolism in the "K", some deliberate, some accidental--Music, growth, Celtic, aggression, luck, among others. I am pleased with the end result, but if I had more time, I would probably noodle it more.

The rest of the poster, is really simple. An oval vignette over a green/red tartan with simple Celtic text for the gig details.

I have uploaded this poster in addition to the rest of the collection of my band's posters to Deviant Art. To see the entire collection click here.

Thanks for lookin!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


I just created my first recipe on If This Then That!

This is a test to see if my recipe will forward a post to Facebook.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Alternate Band Logo

I worked on this over the weekend. Every time I look at it I add/change something... I have to call it done at this point.

At first, I was designing this orna-"metal" "K" (HA!) for our next band poster. But after seeing it on it's own, I think it works as a logo too.

I should be done with the poster tomorrow.

That's is for today.